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Elizabeth Anne Funge Macaulay ’43

A Portland native, Betty graduated from Franklin High School and worked for two years before enrolling at Reed. She earned a BA in economics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and wrote a thesis with Prof. Blair Stewart [1925–49] on the U.S. policy related to sugar. She also did secretarial work for then-President Dexter Keezer [1934–42], and assisted Prof. Frank Munk [political science 1939–65] with the typing of his first book after his arrival in the U.S. Following graduation, Betty worked as an economist for U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. In 1946, she married fellow economics major Robert W. Macaulay’43, and worked as a secretary while he earned an MBA from Harvard. The couple moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where they remained for 60 years. Betty was a statistician for Pacific Telephone, and while she raised a daughter and son, she was a volunteer in schools, with the Girl Scouts, the League of Women Voters, and the Presbyterian church. She later worked as an executive secretary. In 2006, the couple moved to Laguna Niguel to be near family.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2015

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